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About Us

Tarbutt Optometrists is an independently owned practice, committed to providing quality eyecare and eyewear in the Waikato.

With five experienced optometrists and knowledgeable dispensing opticians, our team are ready to look after the welfare of your eyes and vision.
We pride ourselves in providing individual solutions to fit in with your lifestyle, work and recreation needs.Tarbutt Optometrists will provide you with thorough, professional and personalised vision care. Our aim is to do this in a relaxed, caring, and friendly environment and within a reasonable time frame. We promise to remain approachable, flexible and cost effective.

When you have your eyes examined at Tarbutt Optometrists, you receive complete optometric care. Our optometrists and staff regularly upskill through continuing education and in-house training. With our up-to-date diagnostic equipment, we combine our experience aand knowledge to ensure a thorough and comprehensive eye examination.

Many optical outlets emphasise price in their advertising and marketing. We recognise that this is an important consideration, however, our patients appreciate that quality products and service last longer and provide better value. Our patients often comment that they are surprised by our competitive frame pricing, as we are usually able to match or better our competitors’ prices, without resorting to gimmicks or bait-and-switch promotions.

At Tarbutt Optometrists we guarantee our work.

Meet The Team

Our experienced optometrists and dispensing opticians have a wealth of knowledge and skill to look after your eyes and vision. All our team are committed to ensuring patients have thorough and comprehensive eye examinations and are offered the best possible solutions to address their individual eyecare and eyewear needs.

John Tarbutt

John purchased the practice in 1977. He has been involved in the education and national politics of optometry and with voluntary eye teams to Pacific Islands. John is a qualified Therapeutic Optometrist

Bevan Young

Bevan graduated from the University of Auckland in 1997, and has worked in Paraparaumu, Wellington and London in the past. He has a keen interest in travel and sports. Bevan is a qualified Therapeutic Optometrist.

Judi Payne

Optometric Assistant
Judi is also part of our important front-of-house team, meeting and greeting our clients and assisting the optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Linda Tarbutt

Linda joined the practice in 1979. Linda is a therapeutically qualified optometrist and as well as providing general optometry, she specialises in low vision care for those afflicted with reduced vision.

James Lee

James joined the practice in 2017 and is our newest optometrist. He recently graduated from the University of Auckland and as a qualified Therapeutic Optometrist, he brings the latest research and learnings to the practice. A product of Hamilton Boys’ High School, James knows and enjoys Cambridge, as his family have a business in the town and he looks forward to becoming more involved with the community.

Rebecca Mould

Dispensing Optician

Rebecca joined us in 2008. in 2017 she finished her 3 years of study, and is now registered as a dispensing optician.

Sonya Jefferies

Sonya joined the practice in 1988. She has a wide range of knowledge in all aspects of optometry and is also a qualified Therapeutic Optometrist.

Lianne Hudson

Dispensing Optician
Lianne joined the practice in 2016 and has many years of experience working as a dispensing optician in optometry practices. She adds to the experience and expertise of our dispensing team.

Aana Staveley- Browne

Optometric Assistant

Aana joined the team in 2017 and meets and greets patients as well as assisting the optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Our History

In 1977, John Tarbutt purchased the practice from the recently deceased Peter Waterhouse. Peter had been an optometrist ahead of his time, who was involved with research and education and made a significant contribution to the progression and development of optometry in New Zealand. He worked closely with ophthalmology and developed expertise in contact lens fitting. He taught at the University of Auckland.

From 1977- 1984 the practice was located upstairs in Victoria St above the ASB and law firm Lewis and Jecks. In 1984 we relocated to the current site, 33 Duke St, and through the years have expanded to take over the adjoining premises.

Linda Tarbutt joined John in the practice in 1979 and in 1980 the practice became a partnership. Initially staffed with one receptionist, then an optical technician, the practice now has 5 optometrists, 2 dispensing opticians and 2 optometric assistants to look after all your eye care and eye wear needs.

Privacy and Legal Policies

We value your privacy! We will never give, lease, sell or otherwise disclose your personal information. Period! Any information you give to Tarbutt Optometrists will be held with the utmost care. A more detailed explanation about how we safeguard your personal information is described below. If you have any questions at all about our privacy policy, please email us.

Resale or Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

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Usage Information Collected By Our Website

Tarbutt Optometrists does collect information about how people are using our website in order to improve the value of our website and the materials available on the web site.

Privacy of our email lists

Individuals join our mailing lists and are added to our email database using the forms provided on this web site. We do not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the addresses on our lists to anyone. In addition, we configure our email software to refuse to divulge the email addresses of our list subscribers to anyone but authorised Tarbutt Optometrists staff, including other list subscribers.

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